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Uniquely satirical Northern Irish stand-up on tour in 2022

Northern Ireland's Patrick Kielty is back with a brand new tour. Borderline: A Postcard From The Edge Of The Union tackles the present and future of Kielty's homeland in the face of Brexit and a new era of political upheaval, all through his uniquely fearless and satirical worldview. The tour starts in May 2022 and tickets are on sale now.

Patrick Kielty might be a familiar face from the small screen, from Love Island to The One Show, but that’s just one of the Northern Irish stand-up’s many facets.

As a youngster, Kielty showed huge promise both as a comedian and a Gaelic footballer. It was the former that stuck and he soon became a fixture on the Belfast scene while simultaneously studying psychology at Queen’s University.

A huge factor in his early performances was his fearlessness when tackling the sectarian violence that ravaged the city. As a teenager, Kielty had lost his own father to paramilitaries but his scathing routines mocked both sides equally. Together with fellow student Jackie Hamilton, Kielty founded Northern Ireland’s very first comedy club, The Empire Laughs Back at The Empire Music Hall.

It was only a matter of time before Kielty made the jump to TV and the BBC handed him the opportunity with a St Patrick’s Day Special in 1995. From there, his stand-up career quickly went stratospheric. Kielty also proved a charming host for an array of shows, including Last Chance Lottery, PK Live, Fame Academy and Patrick Kielty Almost Live.

Kielty showed he was far beyond your average comedian when he interviewed the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at 10 Downing Street. He added yet another string to his bow with his theatre debut in Marie Jones’s One Night In November. A hugely successful initial run in Belfast led to the production transferring to the West End in 2008.

The Kielty empire kept growing. In 2009, he headed to Canada for the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Back in the UK, he kick-started a successful run as a DJ on BBC Radio 2 that would take him to Nashville and Boston for BBC music specials.

In 2018, Kielty embarked on a deeply personal journey into the heart of sectarianism for the acclaimed BBC documentary My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me. In it, Kielty discussed his father’s murder, interviewed paramilitaries on both sides as well as the then leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster, and spoke to younger generations in Northern Ireland about their hopes for the future.

With Northern Ireland back in the news in 2021, the time was right for Kielty to return with a new stand-up special. Borderline: A Postcard From The Edge Of The Union would see Kielty apply his uniquely satirical viewpoint to his homeland in the wake of Brexit.